Post # 1
So I’m almost 18 weeks, putting me 2 weeks past the point of no longer being able to sleep on my back. However, no matter what position I fall asleep in, I wake up in the morning on my back. Is it really that bad to be sleeping on my back? I would imagine that if it’s causing problems my body would roll over on it’s own…right?
Post # 3
I didn’t reach the point I couldn’t sleep on my back until around 7 months.
Post # 4
Hmmm… I’m 24 weeks and still sleep on my back occassionally. As long as I’m not laying like that for 8 hours straight I think your ok. I roll around SOOO much to try to get/stay comfortable.
Post # 5
I woke up a couple nights ago worrying about that. I move around a lot though so as PP said I think it’s ok as long as it’s not 8 hours straight
Post # 6
I wake up on my back sometimes. I don’t worry about it too much because I always fall asleep on my side and usually wake up that way. I’ve read that you’re more likely to have hemroids if you sleep on your back. It’s also not good for your spine. I agree with PP that it’s okay if you aren’t sleeping in that position for the entire night.
Post # 7
They say not to sleep on your back because it can reduce blood flow but chances are if you needed to move you’d wake up because you’re uncomfortable.
I imagine mostly they tell you that so you don’t spend hours laying on your back reading or napping (plus you’re kidneys function better if you’re on your left side).
Post # 8
I heard that if the weight it enough to restrict the blood flow, you will wake up. The body is amazing like that 🙂
Post # 9
I’m hoping that what @spraguebride heard is true, because I’m almost 38 weeks and STILL wake up sometimes on my back and am not at all uncomfortable like that. I think for me it must be the way I’m carrying, because if I lean back on the couch in a half-laying down position, I do get light-headed. But laying in bed completely on my back is still comfy enough that I do it in my sleep!!
Post # 10
@sessaj: I’m like that too, I’m 29 weeks and love being on my back, but have to stop myself b/c everyone says not to do it. But it’s how I’m most comfortable!
Post # 11
I just asked my OB about this today. He said that really at this point (26 weeks) I really should avoid sleeping on my back. He said there are a lot of things you’ll hear about that you should/shouldn’t do, but this is one he really thinks you should try hard to follow. He said even if you are kinda on your back but your hips are twisted that is better.
Maybe I will try to get some of those body pillows to see if that helps!
Post # 12
You will soon get to the point where it will be uncomfortable to lie on your back and you wont worry as much. I was a stomach sleeper and then my go-to position was my back. When I got bigger, it was uncomfortable to lie on my back and it felt funny, like the bones in my spine would spread out lol
Post # 13
I would think another reason it’s inadvisable to sleep on your back is because to either get up or roll onto your side from your back requires your abdominal muscles. I’m 20 weeks and I’m already finding it a little more difficult to sit up from a reclined position.
I sometimes sneak in a little back time overnight. But usually I use a pillow under one side of my back to lean against.
Post # 14
My doc said just to prop my right hip up a little with a pillow which will tilt the uterus just enough that it’s not resting on my arteries and blocking bloodflow. It’s a little weird at first because you feel tilted and aren’t quite flat on your back, but after doing it for a few nights I got used to it and it gives me hips a needed break!
Post # 15
My doctor said the same as @spraguebride.
Basically, not to worry about it, if there is a problem your body will wake you up! But ask your doctor next time you go to see what he/she says for you specifically